I’ve been back for NYC a while but haven’t posted too much from it as I’m still a little unsure what/how I want to post about. That said I did take some photos of my beauty products which I want to share and keep an eye out for what’s in my long haul travel case next week. We’re skipping makeup and just concentrating on toiletries as I don’t typically do my makeup in the bathroom but do let me know if that’s something you’d like to see too.

We’ll start with the essential although not terribly exciting- deodorant…

I took two with me, as I hadn’t tried the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness before, and because I typically like to have both a spray and a roll on. I like a roll on as my go-to morning deodorant and the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness Deodorant is great, it’s designed for sensitive skin therefore isn’t too scented which I like. I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s great but if you are particularly sweaty I think it might be best to opt for something different. I bought the Mitchum Aero Advance Deodorant at the airport as it’s a great one for the boyfriend and I to share, as naturally he had forgotten his. Mitchum is a brand I really trust and I find the mini size great to throw in my handbag in case I want to freshen up whilst exploring the city.

Another must is sun cream, I decided recently to start wearing suncream daily (more on that soon) and for New York I opted for Ultrasun SPF 30 Family as I had a small tube, perfect to travel with.  This particular suncream isn’t specifically designed for the face but it is for sensitive skin so I didn’t have any issues with it on my face, especially as I ensure I cleanse properly in the evening. For me it was light weight enough for under my makeup and I had no issues even on days we were out all day. Ultrasun is a brand I trust when it comes to skincare and I might even pick up some more for the summer!

For facial moisturisers I took quite a few as my skin does get a little dehydrated when traveling but I must admit I was missing a oil and serum in this routine. I took with me the Elemis Pro Collagen Cream which is my go-to everyday face cream as it’s hydrating but not too heavy. I took Weleda Skin Food as I like it for very dry patches both on the face and body, and also to highlight my face/limbs. Finally, I grabbed Embryolisse Lait-Creme, it’s a great moisturiser to have as I can use it even if my skin is feeling little more sensitive- although I didn’t end up really needing it.

As my cleanser I took the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm– I love a balm cleanser, especially when I’m traveling and this one is one of my favourites! I find balms do a great job of removing all of my makeup without stripping my skin and I find a balm to be a great luxurious-feeling way to remove my makeup and get ready for bed, especially after a long day. I also have a small version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm which I kept in the shower for my morning cleanse. Oskia is one of my favourite skincare brands but I don’t fully understand the hype around this cleanser, it’s nice but I simply prefer a balm. I did also take a mini Bioderma Micellar water which was great for removing any makeup from my under eyes but which I kept in my makeup bag for makeup removal on the go.

I always like to travel with a few face masks and treatments such as the Oskia Citylife Detox Mask which is great for getting some life back into my skin after days on the subway and in the big smoke. I love how easy this is to travel with, although it’s a little tricky to mix and I also had some other sachet sheet masks beside my bed, perfect to help hydrate my skin. My go-to over night product was the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, as my skin is quite dry I love the exfoliating nature of this. As it uses AHAs I wake up with a more radiant skin, which is exactly what I look for!

My other overnight product to add a glow would be the James Read Gradual Tan drops. Not everyone loves fake tan on their face but I personally think a few drops in with my moisturiser can make a huge difference and making me feel instantly more confident.

Honestly, I don’t always cream my body (although I am making a special effort and getting much better) but I took the Byredo Body Lotion away with me, I think I brought it home from a hotel a while back but it smells great!

In terms of fragrance I did take the Glossier fragrance but ended up only reaching for Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in Library. This arrived days before I went away which is probably part of the reason I reached for it but I love this fragrance. It’s a unisex fragrance which my boyfriend could wear if he wanted and it just looks so chic. It’s quite easy to wear, quite light with notes of cedar and vanilla which I love.

Final few items in my shower…

Sol De Janeiro Shower Gel, honestly this just smells amazing and makes me happy. In terms of shampoo, conditioner and hair mask I opted for Philip Kingly, a brand I love and trust! The Elasticizer is one of my favourite masks as I colour my hair and my hair is quite fine, it adds life back into my hair without weighing it down. Plus, these three products come in a little Jet Set set which is perfect for a few days away.

What are your must have products when you’re away?

lush valentines mothers dayHappy Valentines Day!

Admittedly I’m not a huge V-day fan but I am a bit of a Lush fan so naturally I headed to the Oxford Street Store to pick up a few limited edition Mother’s Day & Valentine’s Day products. There are some really adorable and great limited edition bits and I had to control myself a little as Lush products can add up.

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Last week I attended the Gillette Venus event where I tried Yoga for the first time, dined at Circus and got to stay at the most beautiful hotel. The whole event was for the launch of their new razor, the Gillette Venus Swirl Contour and we simply only went to the hotel to lay our heads as there was little time for much more but it was so beautiful I couldn’t help but share it.

The hotel is Coworth park in Ascot, part of the Dorchester hotels, it is a five star country house hotel and spa- fancy huh? It’s only a 45 minute drive from London but once you’re there is really does feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. We arrived after 10PM so were shown to our hotel rooms to unwind and get some sleep. The rooms are beautiful; four poster beds, desk area and the most Instagramable bathrooms. It’s modern, classic and luxurious all at the same time, exactly what I would expect from the Dorchester group.

I had looked into the hotel a little before arriving and I had spotted the copper bathtubs on Instagram so I squealed when I saw that my room had one. Naturally I couldn’t resist; I grabbed a magazine from the room and ran myself a bubble bath where I also tried out my new Venus Swirl Contour.

After a relaxing bath I made my way to bed and had a small falling out with the TV which kept spinning round instead of going on- turns out I was using the wrong remote. I spent so long in the bath that I didn’t quite get enough sleep but was thankful for just how wide and comfortable the bed was!

I had my favourite, Eggs Royale for breakfast and I can honestly say it was the best I have ever had, I ate every last bit and it was worth getting up 20 minutes early for them.

We then drove to the Gillette Research & Development lab to learn all about razors which turned out to be far more interesting than I ever expected. They watch people shave their legs, underarms and face on a daily basis and they start working on razors up to 15 years before they even come out! I have a vlog coming soon about the day so keep an eye out for that.

If you’re looking for a little treat (it isn’t cheap) or are celebrating an anniversary I would highly recommend Coworth Park, it has to be one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at!

It may be a little early for Christmas but I am simply too excited and had to share the Lush Christmas collection 2015. There are so many bath bombs, bubble bars and the most impressive gifts, it seems to be the place to pick up all your Christmas gifts and a few bits for your own indulgent bath.

There’s the classic Snow Fairy Shower gel which so many love and my personal favourite, the Snow White Bath Bomb. There are some particularly cute products; Father Christmas, Peeping Santa and the Christmas Wands- I haven’t had a chance to try them yet but I’m very excited to do so.

The Lush Gift sets vary from £4.50 to the incredible Wow Gift set, £155, which has 36 items!

I also uploaded a tour of the Winter Wonderland gift box and it’s 20 products, which I’ve embedded below.

Let me know in the comments which Christmas Lush item is you’re favourite and what I should pick up next….

I haven’t shared my shower routine in quite a while and since I am away and my shower is a little different to what it looks like at home I thought I would share it today. Typically when I am at home in London I like to have a bath daily but when on holiday, a shower is quick and easy plus I feel it prolongs my tan more than a hot bath.

To keep my hair in good condition, I have been using Schwarzkopf Sun Protect Shampoo that has Monoi Oil. It gently moistures and cleanses my hair, keeps it in good condition and maintains my colour too. I’ve been skipping conditioner and instead been using a mask daily; the Bed Head Colour Goddess Mask smells incredible and has been leaving my hair smelling like caramel and feeling really silky, I do think it’s designed more for brightly coloured hair but has been working wonders on my bleached ends too.

I’m not too fussy about shower gel and usually end up using the same one as the rest of the family. We’re currently using the Gilchrist & Soames Shower Gel which although doesn’t have the most summery scent, it does smell really luxurious and relaxing. I’ve been teaming it with my exfoliating glove to keep my tan and skin looking it’s best.

Although I use the shower gel on most of my body, I find the femfresh Everyday Care Daily Gel Wash works best on more intimate and delicate skin as it has a lower pH balance. I find that spending days in wet bikinis isn’t always the best for my skin so I really need something that will care for it and keep it feeling fresh all day long which femfresh Everyday Care Daily Gel does. I also usually have the Every Day Care Freshening & Soothing Cloths in my beach bag if I feel the need to use them throughout the day.

I’ve then been making a special effort to finish every shower with some moisturiser or aftersun, Vichy SOS balm is my favourite but I’ve really been enjoying the Clarins ones too.

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